Retail plants

A guide to species and cultivars of popular plants for retail in garden centres, with supplier's tips on how to use and sell them.

Hippeastrum

Hippeastrum

These perfect pot plants for Christmas can be brought back into flower year after year, Miranda Kimberley explains.

Maranta

Maranta

This staple of the indoor plant market in garden centres is renowned for its attractive leaves, says Miranda Kimberley.

Dracaena

Dracaena

These popular plants for the house or office have attractive foliage and are easy to cultivate, says Miranda Kimberley.

Persicaria

Persicaria

These excellent plants for the garden are long-flowering, vigorous and good for ground cover, says Miranda Kimberley.


Peperomia

Peperomia

This huge genus offers a wide range of interesting foliage, does well indoors and is easy to grow, says Miranda Kimberley.

Coreopsis

Coreopsis

An extended flowering season, luminous colours and robust stems all contribute to outstanding displays, says Kevin Line.

Ranunculus

Ranunculus

Plants in this genus range from our native lesser celandine to the frost-tender R. asiaticus. Miranda Kimberley reports

Leucojum

Leucojum

Snowflakes feature dainty white nodding flowers similar to those of snowdrops but are taller and look more robust, says Miranda Kimberley.

Indoor palms

Indoor palms

These iconic trees are some of the best pot plants for indoor cultivation, writes Miranda Kimberley.

Eremurus

Eremurus

With their unusual tall flower spikes the desert candles and foxtail lilies can be a sight to behold, says Miranda Kimberley.


Follow us on:
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
  • Google +
Horticulture Jobs
More Horticulture Jobs

Forthcoming Events

Writtle University College - further education information event

  • Writtle University College, Lordship Road, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 3RR

Health and the City

  • RHS Lindley Library

LAMMA 2017

  • The East of England Showground, Peterborough, PE2 6XE, UK
Heathers

Heathers

Offering colour all year round, these evergreen shrubs are now more popular than ever, Miranda Kimberley finds.

Sanguisorba

Sanguisorba

Attractive foliage and colourful flowers on wiry stems make these plants ideal for use in borders, says Miranda Kimberley.

Erigeron

Erigeron

These colourful daisy-like flowers spill out beautifully over walls, steps and paths after self-sowing, says Miranda Kimberley.

Veronica

Veronica

From rockery plants to border perennials, this genus provide some of the truest blues along with shades of pink and white, says Miranda Kimberley.

Euryops

Euryops

These evergreen shrubs can produce bright-yellow flower heads nearly all year round, says Miranda Kimberley.

Melaleuca

Melaleuca

Bottlebrush-like flowers, stiff leaves and peeling bark are all features of this exotic Australian native, says Miranda Kimberley.

Roscoea

Roscoea

These dramatic flowers can be used to brighten up a shady corner and provide colour right up until the end of summer, says Bethan Norris.

Lilium

Lilium

The lily genus offers incredible diversity with flowers of all shapes and sizes in a stunning array of colours, says Miranda Kimberley

Angelica

Angelica

Many of these statement plants can grow to great heights in one season, says Miranda Kimberley.

Jasminum

Jasminum

Scented jasmines offer a variety of flower colours, foliage and habits, says Miranda Kimberley.

Muscari

Muscari

These diminutive bulbs offer a delicate splash of colour, says Miranda Kimberley.

Actinidia

Actinidia

This genus features fruiting and ornamental varieties but is loved by cats, Miranda Kimberley finds.

Dodecatheon

Dodecatheon

Showy flowers and striking colour are helping these 'shooting stars' to grow in popularity, says Miranda Kimberley.

Sarcococca

Sarcococca

There are plants thoroughly associated with winter: the Christmas tree, of course; the Poinsettia and Hippeastrum, given as presents at Christmas; and after Christmas the heralds of the coming of the spring, the snowdrop. One underrated evergreen, not the holly or the ivy, but the Sarcococca, needs to be more fully appreciated.

Chrysanthemums

Chrysanthemums

Grown as summer bedding or cut flowers, these plants are appealing primarily for their showy flower heads in a variety of colours and forms, says Bethan Norris.

Diascia

Diascia

These plants are commonly used as bedding in hanging baskets and summer containers as well as making a colourful addition to summer planting schemes, says Bethan Norris.

Caryopteris

Caryopteris

Bright-blue flowers and contrasting foliage help to ensure a long season of interest, says Kevin Line.

Astilbe

Astilbe

A tolerance to waterlogged conditions, dense foliage and feathery plumes of flowers make this an ideal plant for damp gardens and pond sides, writes Bethan Norris